The beginning of August we escaped the heat by flying off to New England. We ate, hiked, drove and spent as much time as possible outside in all the green, cool beauty. We ventured across the border into Quebec and failed miserably at speaking french--the Quebecers were sadly unamused by my attempts to communicate in english with a heavy french accent...who knew. Quebec City is such a gem of a destination for families. My girls couldn't get enough of the many talented street performers and I couldn't get enough of the open food markets or the city's beautiful buildings and colors.